July 2019 Blog Posts (22)

The four things you need to know to build an enviable employment brand

Gone are the days where top candidates eagerly await to hear from an employer. Now, thanks to skill shortages, workplace needs and technology advances, the very best candidates are in the position of power, often being able to choose the organisation they work for after receiving multiple job offers.

With attracting and retaining the best talent becoming even more critical to the growth and success of your organisation, now is the time to gain a competitive edge by building your…

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Added by Mark Brand on July 31, 2019 at 21:00 — No Comments

Writing an Investigation Report

To say that a workplace investigation report is an important document is certainly something of an understatement. Following the investigation, the report will be relied upon for all manner of significant organisational decisions, tasks and action. 

As a result, it is essential that workplace investigators create a professional, transparent and unbiased document.

ONE REPORT, MANY…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on July 31, 2019 at 11:13 — No Comments

State of Pay: When organisations neglect the pay experience Australian employees look elsewhere

The words ‘staff retention’ echo loudly in the halls of any good business, and the topic of keeping your people reigns supreme from the board room to the back office. However, as the national talent pool shrinks, and competition heats up, Australian executives are growing increasingly concerned about losing their top talent.  

In the 2019 Australia Pay…

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Added by Nathan Reynolds on July 30, 2019 at 15:25 — No Comments

How You Can Find Success in a Career in Human Resources

Are you considering a career in HR? You might be new to the workforce or someone looking to change their career. Whatever your reasons, a career in HR offers many benefits. And if you’re willing to do adult training, you could have a highly lucrative career.

In this blog, we’ll talk about what HR professionals do and the various types of roles you could fill. We’ll also look at how you can start your career in HR by transferring your soft skills or by doing adult…

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Added by Helen Sabell on July 29, 2019 at 11:30 — No Comments

The Anatomy Of Change: How To Change Your Mindset To Change The Way You Lead

Do you ever feel a little stuck or that you lack focus when at work? 

Working inside, whether you’re stuck in an office or a warehouse or at home, means your brain has ‘less space’ to think. 

The challenge for most people is not having enough space in between their meetings or between their thoughts to allow their creative juices to flow and allow something better to come to them. So it’s a good idea to look outside the window every…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on July 24, 2019 at 13:12 — No Comments

Interview Techniques for Workplace Investigations

In any workplace investigation, there will be multiple competing factors for an investigator to consider. One core issue is developing the appropriate interview strategy.

Investigative interviewing requires careful consideration of the purpose of the investigation, and exactly who will be interviewed. There is also the question of tone - ensuring that the interview remains cordial and does not begin to resemble an…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on July 24, 2019 at 11:31 — No Comments

Outsourcing Human Resource Companies - An Asset Your Company Should Have

The majority of business owners would undoubtedly agree that their most important asset are their employees. They realise that people are the real value of every business, and they take quality to another level.

So, naturally, the human resources department is essential when it comes to managing a business. However, the work of some HR departments can be too comprehensive to be optimally handled within the company.…

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Added by Emily Wilson on July 23, 2019 at 17:30 — No Comments

How HR Can Enable the Success of Your Organisation

Whether your organisation is big or small, your human resources department is important to your success.

The HR team is not just there to file paperwork on personnel and do the payroll. They perform an important strategic role in looking after your organisation’s most important asset—its people.

By taking adult education courses in HR, or providing adult training to your…

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Added by Helen Sabell on July 23, 2019 at 12:00 — No Comments

Being genuine: Unfair dismissal, genuine redundancy and the redistribution of duties

Discussions with employees about restructures and redundancies are difficult and emotions often run high. Unfortunately, these things are a natural part of operating a business and can be the result of a range of factors from the introduction of new technology to the workplace, to a downturn in business.



With emotions running high, explanations about why a redundancy has occurred and what has happened to an employee’s job can sometimes get lost or confused. This is particularly so…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on July 22, 2019 at 12:54 — No Comments

Dealing with family and domestic violence in the workplace

Great to participate in this discussion on the HR Breakfast Club podcast with Genevieve Jacobs and Janice Hadgraft from White Ribbon on the intersection of family and domestic violence and the workplace. 
This can present complex and challenging situations for both HR practitioners and managers. Merely having a policy is just step one of building confidence and organisational capability in this key…
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Added by James Judge on July 17, 2019 at 18:30 — No Comments

How to Write Letters of Notification and Allegation

During the process of conducting workplace investigations, it is generally necessary to prepare letters of notification, and later, letters of allegation. 

We take a look at the difference between the two, and provide some tips on how to prepare these important documents. …

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on July 17, 2019 at 14:06 — No Comments

In the driver’s sheet: The importance of correctly characterising employee conduct

Employers regularly have to deal with issues relating to employee behaviour, work performance and misconduct. Often these concepts are interrelated and it can be difficult for employers to correctly characterise employee conduct and behaviour when a decision is made to commence a disciplinary process with an employee.



However, if the characterisation of the issue at hand is not made correctly in the disciplinary context, there is a real risk that an employee cannot properly answer…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on July 15, 2019 at 15:26 — No Comments

Not ok in any (con)text: Texting, dismissal and the FWC

Terminating an employee’s employment can be a confronting situation. It is difficult news to deliver and is often fuelled with emotion. For those reasons, many managers and employers attempt to avoid conflict or confrontation by delivering the news in a way that doesn’t involve a face to face meeting, such as in email or text message.

In two recent decisions, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has warned against such an approach and has heavily criticised two separate…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on July 15, 2019 at 11:31 — No Comments

Have a seat and take a stand: Why clubs need to regulate fan and member behaviour at sporting events

One of Workplace Law’s lawyers recently attended a sporting event at one of the largest sporting arenas in New South Wales, and had the unfortunate experience of having to listen to nearby spectators make inappropriate (and racially charged) comments about the players on the field. This issue was raised with the hosting club and the venue subsequent to the game, however, as the perpetrators couldn’t be identified, the response was that the matter could not be taken any further.

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on July 15, 2019 at 10:25 — No Comments

Australian and New Zealand workers are being upskilled at dial-up speeds according to new Skillsoft research

Australian and New Zealand organisations are upskilling their employees at “dial-up” speeds in a market that demands rapid learning and development programs, finds new research from Skillsoft, a global leader in corporate learning.

Based on a Vanson Bourne survey of 1,000 employees across Australia (855) and New Zealand (145) about their readiness for the future of work, Skillsoft’s Mind the Gap report released today reveals 55 percent…

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Added by Rosie Cairnes on July 12, 2019 at 14:11 — No Comments

Changing Behaviour: How To Effectively Manage Difficult Personalities In Your Team

In this post, we explore an issue that one of our podcast listeners is facing, but it’s a common problem in any high-performing team: dealing with difficult people.

Hands up, do you have a difficult colleague or somebody in your team that could be considered difficult?

In the case of our podcast listener, they felt their colleague has high IQ but very low EQ. So we’re going to give you a few ideas on how you might…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on July 12, 2019 at 11:15 — No Comments

Creating an Action Plan: ToR and External Investigators

When conducting a workplace investigation, it is crucial to be able to demonstrate that appropriate procedures have been followed. This is essential in defending any subsequent action that may be taken. 

It can be helpful for employers to create an action plan utilising Terms of Reference (ToR) and the services of an external investigator to keep the investigation process on track. 

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on July 10, 2019 at 12:22 — No Comments

Modern Slavery Legislation – Employers What Do You Need To Know?

The Modern Slavery Act (2018) came to pass on 1 January 2019, and for companies with a consolidated revenue of more than $100 million, it establishes mandatory reporting criteria. The first reports are due in February 2020 and information required will include:

  • Their structure, operations and supply chains;
  • Potential modern slavery risks;
  • Actions taken to assess and address these risks; and
  • How they assess the effectiveness of these…
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Added by Jonathan Mamaril on July 9, 2019 at 11:30 — No Comments

Identifying Your Key Stakeholders: Why Every People Leader Should Do It

We have been getting a lot of feedback from leaders who feel they don’t have a good relationship with their stakeholders. So we’re taking a look at a few strategies and approaches that can help you improve your relationships for better business success. 

Listen here or continue reading below.…
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Added by Jan Terkelsen on July 4, 2019 at 14:30 — No Comments

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